Wednesday, June 26, 2013
What Happens When You Hate Your Writing?
The problem: Lately, I hate what I've been writing. It's not bad writing. It's just not. . . it just doesn't. . . ok, I hate it.
I went through a similar experience about fifteen years ago when I taught Creative Writing to a group of high school students. I could write a poem on demand, revise throughout the day, and present a final draft the next day in class. Some times, the writing was good and revision made it sing. Several of those pieces were accepted by anthologies and some of the first online poetry zines. But eventually, I found myself regurgitating poems and stories that all whispered the same message. And that message said: This writing stinks!
After six months of writing nothing but junk - and bitchslapping myself back to reality with the knowledge that every piece isn't going to be a masterpiece - I rediscovered my writing groove.
Now, if I've learned anything about writing since I first began (gosh, that was a long time ago), I know that it's normal not to like what translates from mind to hand to paper, because sometimes, those words that are composed on the page simply aren't good.
And that's ok.
I also know that some times, you just need to write and write and write and get all that unnecessary storytelling out of the way and eventually, you'll get to a place where you are once again comfortable and pleased with your writing output.
Hopefully, I'm getting the rubbish out of my system and by July 12, I will be able to narrow in on the story that's bumping around my brain.
And most important, I will be satisfied with what I write.
What strategies do you use to get over "hating" what you write?
by LuAnn Schindler